A LIFELONG diabetes sufferer is taking on a whole new colourful identity to help raise crucial funds for his son and other youngsters affected by the condition.
Darren Johnson (39) of Langwith, was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 17 months and has suffered many long-term health effects, including near blindness.
His nine year-old son, Jordan, was diagnosed with the same condition 18 months ago, prompting his dad to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) whilst also raising diabetes awareness.
Since Monday Darren, who works in Annesley, has been dressed in a blue Morphsuit, which he must remain in until Friday to raise vital research cash.
He said: “Children are dying of diabetes from a very young age. People don’t realise it’s like an inner Cancer. If it’s not controlled and kept in check, it eats away at the body and can decide to attack anything at any time.
“Research costs around £60-70 per hour. I’m hoping that if people learn a little more about diabetes and its effects, they might want to donate.”
Jordan’s school, Whaley Thorns primary, has donated £100 and Darren’s colleagues are helping with a come to work in pjymas day, a dress down day and a prize raffle, featuring a picture of Danny Welbeck, donated by Manchester United. Darren’s wife Nicky is baking hundreds of cakes and cookies for the cause. To donate, please visit http://www.justgiving.com/darren-Johnson3.